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Buddhism Guru Yoga Poetry

Guru Yoga [Poem]

I feel you today so strong
the Love I have in my heart is so deep
so much we can do together my friend
if we unite like this.

In the paradigm of the wisdom that moves us all
In the changes that shape our reality
in the healing that takes form in unknown ways
and in the love that takes our breath away

When we step fully into this moment
that realizes for us the reality
of past present and future converging
in the mysterious form of the thought
of One.

and then drop this all into the emptiness
and from there live ready for what might come
stepping in touch with reality
while transforming the past that needs to be

healed and we do use our memories
to tell our story of what has passed
in the present time and while we do that too
the new future emerges and that is you

in me realizing that this mystery,
this breath you breathe and this form you see
all of this really is just invisible
as the visible love that flows in me

While the planet needs healing in this time
While the people need to awaken their hearts
Buddhas watch us all in their grace
while they figure out
our minds.

For the benefit of All Sentient Beings
Ati Guru Yoga

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

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Buddhism Life & Death Poetry Politics World Matters

Need for compassion [Poem]

I don’t have anything fake in me life
my hair is grey and my smile I own.
My heart is filled with Buddha Dharma
and my mind is realized in the essence of Holy Tara
I may not be what you consider to be modern
Yet I am well aware of your mind and our samsara
the lies you weave in the name of love
are anything but holy
they are your seeds of suffering
Wisdom of times and the ancient steps
of grandmothers from Tibet
of grandmothers from Mongolia and Bhutan
and of the ancient Incan mothers of Peru
Their feminine essence is with me, in all I do
and they frown deeply at all that is here today in the world
The lack of grace in the feminine,
the abuse, the afflictions, and the misery
The misunderstood motherhood screams
in your face as your children hate you
and walk away and you are unable to bear the suffering,
Denial and projections are your escape
The need for compassion is so deep
and let me tell you your bottle drinking
cheap wine will not take away your
scalded childhood and will not elevate
your feminine esteem
Only Comparison is what you need.
Only in the Truth of the Essence, in the Tigle
will you discover how powerful you are
when the time comes for you to let go
you will not have much to hold onto
believe me,
Death comes unexpectedly
for some and for others
is a practice of living in awareness of continuity
of enlightened mind
While the masters have already cultivated
their rebirth and their next life
you stay attached to the superficial expression
of something that is fleeting and illusory
So Dakinis sing to you to awaken and to bring you
greater awareness of your samsara
that lives in your mind and in your heart
Life is suffering, only you can chose to enter the Path.
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo
This poem written for women of pain
I offer you my compassion
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Buddhism Culture & Art Daily Life Poetry

Beyond Intellect [Poem]

Don’t let yourself be sharp,
By the cutting coldness of your intellect
That you forget the heart that lives in you
That you forget the luminosity.
For when we recognize the nature of mind
We receive everything we can,
Until then we are only
Spinning endlessly in circles
Like a dog chasing its tail
But
When we really open to compassionate Love
When we really see the Earth as our teacher
When we understand that beauty and
pleasure and sensuality
are the ways of the Tantras
Then we can find another measure
Of the healing that lives beyond.
Intentions that are in the land
The prayers that are so deep
More than you will ever know
For the wisdom I carry is one
And the Path of the One Dharma is Holy,
I do not tolerate your judgements
And your ways of war and of coldness
I do not speak and take on this time
In which you have so eloquently entrapped me
I stand for compassionate Love
and there are many ways
To make you understand
One Love and the Buddha Dharma
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

 

 

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Buddhism Culture & Art Poetry Women's Affairs World Matters

For Shakti Sisters [Poem]

Sisters,
The way of the Shakti is such you see
that what you grasp with mind you will never believe
That when the direct experience comes
All your practicing, bam! It is a blast.
It shows you clearly then who you are
and furthermore who others are
In their fears and triumphs and tribulations
knowingly not knowing what to say.

For the way of the mind always knows what to say,
The masculine answers in her defence,
While the tender heart of a woman knows
What rage is, and how to walk that road

For love my friend has many faces you see
And it is not as easy as it seems
For while everyone will share their final point
Few will know how to hold your hand.

Through the challenging times and the painful things
While facing you deeply into the things
That live inside you as well, woman
And things that you don’t want to face

And then one day your heart will understand its opening
Allowing all of the universe to come in
While in the most unexpected ways
You will see that life is interconnected to the Buddha Dharma
and pointing you in the direction of compassionate Love
In this way the remembering stays
and people who speak from experience know
That book knowledge serves so much only you see
And the things lived together are deeper

For the walk we take and the beat we play
is higher ground of the Pachamama’s heart.
In the Mystery of compassionate Love you see,
Sister my rage is your rage too.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Buddhism Poetry Politics Unity

Untangling heart [Poem]

Love rules
In ways you will see,
yet your mind can not conceive
Into the heart of alchemy
Into the heart of compassionate love you see
The love we feel and the love that flows
Is like these rivers you and I see
On these lands in the distant place
Where all the harvest brings together

The wisdom heals like this
When properly applied and understood
The mystery speaks of love few can touch
Yet feel so deeply in the heart

Beyond the time and beyond the mystery
There are some things I must tell you now
That may change the course of direction
In which the love may unwind

The twisted hearts and twisted minds
And bodies that need so much healing

The love that is within us all
That knows of no greater mystery
For love we have is ours you see
It always will be and it always was,

The healing of this heart is simple
No letting go of this beginning
For there is really no end here
And only starting this adventure

While we love each other well
Sometimes it is not very clear
Compassionate Love must rule these mountains and these planes
For once we let go of understanding
we can only stay in embrace
Of the grander beauty within us and
the grander joy of life, of the truth that emerges
when we know what is wrong and what is right

The compassionate heart of Buddha is infinite
In it resides the holy wisdom
In it is glory and more than you know
This heart of compassion speaks the wisdom
The truth that you may awaken to
The real love that pushes us beyond limits
Beyond our understanding even more
To rest in presence and trust the mystery.

Trust in something grander in every moment
Where medicine of this poison dies
You will see in the end my friend
that any death is part of living.

It is this time that we have upon
It is this presence that we are experiencing
Yet some do not know just how
Apply the wisdom in the measure.

Of the heart what lives each moment
Beyond the concepts and memories
Beyond the living and the dying
Beyond the coded messages of words.

Beyond the intentions and the motives
Beyond the hiding and the seeking
Lives something so much grander
that you nor I can ever grasp.

For grasping is what keeps you unsafe
In grasping you want to defend the world
That really is here for you to see
Just how perfect is this harmony.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

 


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Buddhism Poetry Politics Vajrayana

Her name was freedom [Poem]

For her name was freedom;
I had to clearly establish my boundary
and tell you precisely who I am
that love only lives in this temple
and that there is no one else other than Grace

This home of wisdom this Vajra body
these elements balancing in effortless space
spontaneously arisen, so still in presence
and always responding to the knowing flow
of the environment and all that it holds within
balancing and arriving in equanimity

So how does this elemental spirit  
move through time and space?
What brings it together again night
after night from long journeys afar
Where the spirit belongs to the body
and the body is its permanent home

My thoughts return to a place in time
where our eyes met and I fell in love
with the presence so powerful and clear and blue
where I knew just what I had to do

For Love is so wild and it will make you do
the unbelievable things through
the movement of time and growing pains
you have changed so completely,
I can not understand

And now I know that there are
no boundaries to this home
This love and this life that it is all whole.
That the universe is our playing field
and the Buddhas and Dakinis
are laughing with you.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Buddhism Poetry Politics

A bad visit [Poem]

The subtle nuance of living

excuses itself for a moment
in the fabric of the visible
ugliness of this time

While I wait for you to grow up
to face your heart for real
and in a true way

you show me time and again
how incapable you are

of loving authentically and with tenderness
vulnerability and real honesty
in a way that shows everyone what is possible
and in the way of the love that grows with passing time

and I am sad to say that you did not make it
that this Holy Mystery has turned on you
that the life you have desired fell lower than expected
but please, I am only visiting here

so do not tell me how to live
and try not to show me your ugliness
for I live in Beauty every day and
I worship the Goddess and her name

While I left you a note that spoke of time
really what I wanted to say,
is that you will always do what is best
only when you are ready to

take a breath and realize that perhaps
things are not what you think they are
that beauty and wisdom do go hand in hand
and age has little to do with that

marriage as well does not define me
having a child does not make me wise
choices I make and the way I live
come from experiencing the power within

Reforming our ways is the path to Love
Greed and closure must have their end
Pride that you hold so mighty and high
Jealousy of the feminine heart
and that really shallow love
repressed feelings are all
stench your way

So notice that what I left behind,
were not my worn out clothes
but your family’s given things
the burden that no longer lives
in my heart.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Buddhism Poetry Vajrayana

Cultivating awareness [Poem]

Awareness is the key to game we are in
and while you mischievously
play your unethical ploy
nothing will break you away from me
for I already know where is my home

For while you want to show me your power
and teach me some things that are untrue.

I tell you One Love manifests in me
and in the Way of Being
The way you are with people,
what you say and how you do things
is more important than what you are imagining.

The beliefs you hold only shape your reality
as far as you are willing to believe them
your core values are really at stake here
when you realize you still have them

For every moment is guided by something
and there is a presence within us all
our True Nature that wants to emerge
the longing so deeply buried within.

So while you might want to threaten me
with your ploys of dark energy
know that the Buddhas know their way well

I tell you that nothing is lost in the universe,Buddhist Park
indeed for much also has her teaching
and understand me

Sister you are not anything good at all
in your unwillingness to show up

For Love is really freedom you see,
and love hides nothing in its wakeful state
Love is innocent and playful and grace
and love really brings healing to all.
Love really knows how to face everything,
and names things when its time do so

When you can not bow down to real love
when you need to use your teacher to see
that you are really that small
and that power of the Buddhas is One.

So this game ends right here,
in the conscious balanced way
that power needs to be re-established by all
and not given to just one teacher

I will not go your way, I am not a Hindu you see,
I am not a Muslim, or Christian, or Sikh
I am a Queen of my own human life

Sharing with people who are longing to live in peace
For while we are trying to figure it out
The answer always has been here you see
in your Buddha Nature and in your heart.

In Oneness Sangha unites and its True
in Oneness we are all whole and home
the Three Jewels are always with you
and I pray you realize your way.

I recognize you, seeking to uncover your Buddha Essence
because you are one with it since the beginning-less time
in the heart of the Buddha and in your own heart.

In One Love, not in merging
we discover the essence of emptiness
not separate from luminosity.
We awaken.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Buddhism Poetry Vajrayana

Tigle Refuge [Poem]

Seek refuge in the timeless Dharma
that guides through the space,
Through the Earths wisdom and in Spirit
that understands what is natural and what is not
In the wisdom of the ancient times that
reverberates through our bones
and in the heart that is attuned to the Spirit’s highest call

Love that is real and not fake,
Love that is true and awake
Love that is accountable and free,
Love that knows how to live.

With respect and dignity
for our femininity,
for our wisdom in the womb
and for the wisdom in the heart.

In discovering our true leadership,
we learn how much more there is to learn
to understand the balance of the whole
and Compassion that has wisdom ways

The Buddhas know how to move us all
in the direction of sovereign Peace
In the direction of the brilliant sun
and the balance with the elements

In the wisdom of the Earth and Love
that feeds us in natural ways.
Be grateful to the Spirit from beyond and
the prayers that offer grace,

Those who understand the mind, the nature of reality
those who know how to move the energy
and how to live in sovereignty,
those who create peace and learned from discomfort
will not impart suffering to anyone else they are with.

Those who have not quite understood
these lessons so well
will need to learn them again and again until they are learned

Bring balance here on Earth,
Holy Tara, to your primordial essence we pray
and help heal, Enlighten the minds in one single incarnation.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Poetry

Lakshmi sadhana

Yoga introduced me to the Goddess and Lakshmi mantra is widely known.

This was the first time I spent 21 days with this Goddess, reflecting about her in my life, her influence on the world, family, earth. Early 2012, two days into the Tibetan New Year of the Dragon.

Lakshmi‘s four arms:

Dharma:  The way you fill your unique place in the matrix of life.

It is the desire to put your mark of beauty onto the world
When your desire is aligned with the Big intelligence,
as well as with your unique place in the whole,
you experience then genuine fulfillment of living true to your Dharma.

Artha: The resources you need to fulfill your dharma.

Material means, skills, physical wellbeing
and circumstance that will support you to live your Dharma.

Kama: In Feminine Embodiment Practices

we use pleasure as a doorway to Presence.
Our senses opens us, tickles us, nourish us.
Music, colors, taste, art, poetry, beauty,
all this bring the feminine closer to the divine.

Moksha: Ultimate Freedom.

The fruit of our practice is to realize Moksha in  the very essence
of all our experiences.
The realization of Moksha is not a process in time,
it is neither an awesome experience you once had, nor a goal to reach later.
Moksha is your luminous presence, always right here in the moment,
fresh and impossible to grasp and explain with the mind.
You can only live it, in moment-to-moment surrender.
Lakshmi and I
Me & Lakshmi in Corfu summer 2015, photo by Bibbi Friman
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Ethnic Lore Poetry Religious Studies Unity Women's Affairs World Matters Yoga

Feminine Leadership

Wisdom tells me I am nothing.
Love tells me I am everything.
Between the two my life flows.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj